Halloween's Eerie Sounds: How to use Puzzle Erasers to Teach Theory

When teaching things like the wonderfully eerie whole tone scale, I always start with the physical. After experiencing the look and feel, we connect it with the way it looks on the page. 

The animals in whole tone position. 

The animals in whole tone position. 

  • I taught The Crystal Ball to Audrey this way:
  • She put the animals into an F major position.
  • She transformed that into F minor position.
  • We reviewed half steps and whole steps.
  • She transformed the F minor position into all whole steps.
  • She "played the animals" (now in whole tone position) while I held down the pedal. She was astonished.
  • I finally showed her what it looked like on the page. 

 

The Crystal Ball from Halloween Level Two

The Crystal Ball from Halloween Level Two

These erasers are handy for teaching: 

  • whole & half steps
  • major & minor 5-finger patterns and scales
  • intervals
  • triads